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In a letter to Premiers, CUPE National President Paul Moist and CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer  Charles Fleury offer public sector solutions to the Premiers’ Health Care Innovation Working Group.  

Brothers Moist and Fleury presented the Premiers with a report on nursing team innovations, recognizing the occasion of Nursing Week and the Working Group’s mandate to examine scope of practice, teamwork, and health human resource planning. 

In a message to CUPE members this week, Brothers Moist and Fleury thank our nurses, care aides and other nursing team members and pledge to fight alongside them for full utilization, teamwork, and practice environments that enable safe and high quality health care.  


Background on the Health Care Innovation Working Group: 

Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall co-chair the Health Care Innovation Working Group, which was created in January and is composed of all provincial and territorial health ministers. Premiers described its purpose as:   

  • to drive a collaborative process for transformation and innovation to help ensure the sustainable delivery of health care services
  • to enhance provincial/territorial capacity to meet new challenges in our health care systems, including the needs of seniors, patients with chronic diseases and Northern populations

For the first six months, the working group is focused on: 

  • Scope of practice: examining the scope of practice of health care providers and teams in order to better meet patient and population needs in a safe, competent and cost effective manner.
  • Human resources management: address health human resource challenges and explore more coordinated management to address competition across health systems.
  • Clinical practice guidelines: accelerating the development and adoption of best clinical and surgical practice guidelines so that all Canadians benefit from up-to-date practices.

The working group will report at the July 25-27, 2012 Council of the Federation meeting in Halifax.